September 24, 2021
Capt. Alan Sherman covers Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable, including Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead.
September 24 - 26
Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the east at 5 knots late Friday, then turning northeast at 5 to 10 knots Saturday and Sunday as a weak cold front pushes through South Florida. The fall migration has started along the South Florida coast. Small groups of finger mullets, larger mullets, schools of pilchards, Spanish sardines, and threadfin herring have made to our beaches with many schools of baitfish coming into north and south Biscayne Bay.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Snook fishermen continue to have good catches of snook that are being caught in the ocean inlets on the outgoing tides. Hit the inlets when the mullet schools slide by and snook, tarpon, large jacks, sharks, and barracudas all become targeted species. Live mullets, pinfish, and large pilchards and then threadfin herring have been getting the strikes. Along the outer reef line plenty of kingfish in the 5-to-15-pound range are being caught. Mixed in with the kingfish are bonitos, a few blackfin tuna, barracudas, sharks, and a few sailfish. Live baitfish, vertical jigs, and trolled Sea Witches with strips of bonito are getting the bites. The best depths have been 80 out to 200 feet of water. Trolling small feathers way back behind the boat is getting strikes from small blackfin tunas. Dolphin fish have been scattered at times and plentiful at other times. For the past two weeks scattered weedlines with large mats of sargassum weeds have been in depths from 1300 feet of water out to 2400 feet of water. If you can find the weeds the fish have been easy to catch. Otherwise, dolphins are being caught under floating debris. Wreck bottom fishing has been good for amberjacks. Reef fishing has been good both day and night for yellowtail snappers. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 11:40.
North Biscayne Bay Inshore
Find a school of baitfish in the bay and you are likely to have action from jack crevalles, ladyfish, bluerunners, barracudas, sharks, mangrove snappers, seatrout, small tarpon, and snook. Live baitfish, silver flashy lures, bucktail jigs, and spoons are getting the strikes. Nighttime small tarpon and snook action has been good around the bridges and dock lights. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 7:21 AM.
South Biscayne Bay
The Bear Cut bridge is producing catches of snook, tarpon, jack crevalles, and permits. Live baits and crabs have been the top baits. The shallow Oceanside flats have been producing good catches of bonefish, permits, sharks, jacks, and barracudas. The Finger Channels continue to produce steady action from small mangrove, mutton, and yellowtail snappers. A few small groupers, jacks, and porgies are being caught while fishing for the snappers. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 6:51 in the morning.
Florida Bay has been red hot. Lots of small snook, nice redfish, small tarpon, a few seatrout, and Goliath groupers are being caught. Look for the fish along the edges of the channels that have a shallow flat next to them. The fish are also along the outside shorelines from the marina north to Lostman’s River. Fishing these areas last weekend my clients had over 25 snook to 27", slot redfish, seatrout, three tarpon, snappers, and a goliath grouper. We used live shrimp fished under a Cajun Thunder float and chunks of ladyfish. Seatrout, jacks, ladyfish, and lots of mangrove snappers are biting over the banks south and east of Sandy Key. The inside waters of Shark River, Oyster Bay and Whitewater Bay continue to produce all the mentioned species. Hit the points and island shorelines that have a decent tidal flow. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 5:57 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 11:29 AM.
Capt. Alan Sherman